Many have heard of Charles Dickens and his famous stories but what many don't know is the influence and reason behind his work. How Charles Dickens told his stories and how he gave form to the many characters that thousands of readers everywhere came to enjoy is the subject of this paper. Born on February 7, 1812, in the southwestern English town of Land port in Portsea, Charles John Huffman Dickens was the second of eight children born to John and Elizabeth Barrow Dickens. As a child Dickens was often sick, and as a result never played sports well but loved to read instead. Charles fully expected to attend both school and college and go into a profession. "His hope for a bright future were dashed, however, when his father, now heavily in debt, was transferred back to London in 1822, when Charles was ten." (Swisher 14).

No arrangement was made for Charles to go to school after John Dickens settled in Camden Town, a poor section of London. Charles learned what it meant to be poor after moving to London. After his family sold his books, Charles was forced to borrow copies of the newspaper Spectator and Tatler for reading. James Lamer t, who lived with Charles and also managed a boot-blacking factory, suggested Charles work there to help with family finances. At twelve years of age Charles made six shillings a week in the warehouse tying and labeling pots of blacking from eight A. M.

to eight P. M. Two weeks after Charles started the boot-blacking job, John Dickens was arrested and sent to Marshal sea, a debtor's prison, or workhouse for the poor, for not paying his debts. With these things in mind, it's not hard to see that Charles Dickens had a rough childhood life, which played a significant role in influencing his work as well as Charles's prison experience's and can be seen in Pickwick Papers. Many of Charles influences came from his childhood and wrote about many of societies ills. Some major works that Dickens has created include A Christmas Story, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations..